Tea party tribute to air­man

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

A char­ity tea party held in York­shire has helped raise more than £700 for the Ash­ford branch of Marie Curie - nearly 250 miles away.

The event was held in mem­ory of former Ash­ford res­i­dent and ex-air­force ser­vice­man Brian An­nan­dale, who grew up in Tennyson Road, Ash­ford.

Mr An­nan­dale died in Novem­ber last year, aged 79, af­ter a seven-year battle with Parkin­sons and Lewy body de­men­tia.

He mar­ried Pamela in Ash­ford in 1954 and the pair had three sons, David, An­drew and Steven.

Mr An­nan­dale joined the air­force in the 1950s and worked as a chief tech­ni­cian on Light­nings planes, which later be­came the Red Ar­rows.

The cou­ple trav­elled around the world, with post­ings in Ger­many, Cyprus and Africa.

When he re­tired from the air­force, he started his own busi­ness in York­shire called An­nan­dale Kitchens and Bath­rooms, which is still run to­day by his three sons.

The straw­berry tea party was held in Hull, with arts and crafts, bric-a-brac, mu­sic and a tombola - all do­nated by friends - to help raise fi­nal funds.

Marie Curie cared for Mr An­nan­dale is his fi­nal few days at home.

Mrs An­nan­dale, 78, said: “We raised money for the work­ers. Marie Curie were fan­tas­tic in the end. I was able to keep him in our home un­til the end.

“I felt it was time to pay back all the peo­ple that helped me.

“We have raised the sum of £701.00 for the Ash­ford Marie Curie. We thought it was nice as he started life here.

“Brian was a very lov­ing hus­band. He was a gen­tle­man in every­thing he did.”

The tea party held to re­mem­ber Brian An­nan­dale

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